The Why and How of Language Preservation

Graham Newnum
30th Mar, 2015

February 21, 2015 marked the celebration of the 15th annual International Mother Language Day. Established in November of 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the day serves as a reminder of the UN’s goal “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.” This […]

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Deaf Education in America: A History

17th Mar, 2015

With March being Deaf history month, it is fascinating to take a look back at the history of Deaf education in the United States. Today, living in a time when American Sign Language, or ASL, is the most famous and well-recognized method of communication for the Deaf community in this country, we might struggle to […]

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Fires, Floods, and Freezing Temperatures: Voiance’s Disaster Recovery Plan

1st Feb, 2015

Most of us are all too aware of the drastic climate changes that have recently affected parts of the US: the devastating wildfires that periodically threaten California, and the near-unprecedented cold front which rendered much of the country frozen solid this past winter. In addition, there are the less predictable disasters: floods, hurricanes, tornados – […]

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Voiance Hosts First Annual ASL-VRI Community Forum

1st Dec, 2014

November 1, 2014 marked the first ASL-VRI community forum held at Voiance’s Tucson Airport Center. It was a wonderful event that gave the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in Tucson the opportunity to visit and learn about the ASL-VRI (American Sign Language Video Remote Interpretation) services Voiance provides nationally. Melanie Miller, ASL-VRI Interpreter, and […]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using OPI at your Facility, According to Research: Part 3

Sarah Haner
14th Nov, 2014

Over-the-Phone Interpretation. Obviously there are benefits, but what benefits are there exactly? And how could it most benefit your facility’s providers and patients? Here is the third and final installment of the “10 Reasons Why You Should be Using OPI, According to Research” articles. Click here for part 1, and here for part 2. 7. Patient and provider […]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using OPI at your Facility, According to Research: Part 2

Sarah Haner
31st Oct, 2014

“Communication is critical to providing effective care to patients.” Makes perfect sense, right? But of all the methods available to provide language services, what’s the benefit to Over-the-Phone Interpretation? If you find yourself wishing for a definitive research project analyzing the benefits of OPI, then you’re in luck! This is where the new Toronto study comes in. In […]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using OPI at your Facility, According to Research: Part 1

Sarah Haner
15th Oct, 2014

Is Over-the-Phone Interpretation (OPI) really effective for your language services program? Don’t you wish you had some solid research and data to determine if it would benefit you and your organization? Well, today’s your lucky day. Because now you do. The Toronto organization, The Center for Research on Inner City Health Survey Unit, published their results last […]

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Embracing a New Dialect – Part 2: English

2nd Oct, 2014

What do you mean I shouldn’t start a sentence with “because?” We all remember  grammar classes:  a lot of our commonly used phrases that we spoke out loud were actually “incorrect.” But is that still the case? Some of those formerly incorrect phrases are now more widely accepted . Let’s see if you’ve noticed. Here […]

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Embracing a New Dialect – Part 1

15th Sep, 2014

The identity of a culture is often linked with its language, but what happens when that language changes? This blog is the first in a series on the evolution of different languages and how they are affecting people all over the world. The native language of Wales has been in steady decline for a number […]

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